Sunday, April 19, 2015

Flowers & Flags Altoid Tin

I recently found a new use for an empty Altoid tin.   It's perfect for storing the tokens we buy to run the washers and dryers in our condo laundry room.  Would you believe that with all of the embellished tins I have made, I have never kept one for myself?  It seemed crazy to use an un-embellished one.. kind of like the cobbler's kids never having new shoes.  Elizabeth Talledo to the rescue! Last year she did a series of six lovely designs for hornbooks in JCS.  I had already used two of them for Altoid tins since they are the right size if done over-one on 28 count fabric.  I picked the "Flowers & Flags Hornbook" from the August, 2014 issue.  It's getting close to that patriotic stitching time of year anyway.  

It's stitched on 18 count tea Monaco using the alternate DMC colors rather than hand-dyeds.  I think that really is the best Altoid tin fabric.   I skipped the one row border and added a few tiny buttons instead.  In my stash of test crochet motifs, I found a cute red one done using #8 pearl cotton.  I must have just gotten new glasses when I did that one!  It makes a nice surprise on the inside lid.

Now I'm off to do my laundry.  Bet I have the cutest token box on the floor!





27 comments:

Jackie said...

You are so clever! Your altoid tins are probably my favorite finishes of yours. It's far past time for you to keep one!

Blu said...

It's so cute! I love all of your Altoid finishes.

Vickie said...

No, I KNOW you have the cutest token box in the country. ;)
I did the same thing. Never kept an altoid tin for myself.

Gisela Suski said...

I love making these tin. You are so good at making everything nice and tight.

Cindy's Stitching said...

The tin is so pretty. The Patriotic design is so pretty.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love it! blessings, marlene

Jane Galley said...

I love your altoid tins. I found somewhere over here that sells them, and my first thought was of you :) So glad you have your very own decorated one

Sheryl S. said...

This is gorgeous Annie and useful too.

Hetti said...

Not only in the country but in the whole world, you are the best Altoid tin maker Annie! I have seen so many beautiful tins from you over the years and all different.This one is so pretty,
XXX Hetti

Brigitte said...

I always love the new ideas you come up with. And yes, I can understand why this is the first altoid tin that you made for yourself. These little tins make such fabulous gifts that they come to mind very easily when thinking of what kind of gift to make for someone else.
Your new tin is excellent. And these hornbook designs by Elizabeth Talledo are really the perfec t size for tins. Wonderful finish.

Holly said...

Your Altoid tin finishes are so inspirational! It makes me want to run down to CVS and buy a few tins for myself. I love all the details you put into each one. Make sure you guard your token box while you're in the laundry room - it's so cute, someone may snatch it up!

Mii Stitch said...

What a great idea! And you get to keep one of your lovely creation :) Was anyone envious of your pretty little tin??

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh! That is just soooooo wonderful! I love that design and love the tin! Guard it carefully -- someone will nab it if you leave it unguarded while you're doing your laundry!

Annette said...

You naver made one for your self??
I thought you have more different ones in your house, full of things you use.. hihi

And this one is again so beautifull!!

ArchangelDecker said...

Love it!

Mylene said...

A lovely design for the tin and you finish it perfectly. Love it!!

Karen said...

Beautiful, Annie, I love it!

Kissy said...

So now we have something in common. We both own one of Annie's Altoid tins ;-)
I love mine and yours is super pretty too!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

It is perfectly lovely and perfect for your tokens!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Annie, I just adore your tins! This one might just be my favorite yet. So cute and so useful. Love it!

KimM said...

Annie - this is so CUTE! Well done!!
xxx

mainelystitching said...

squeal! I love that tin, Annie. Oh my gosh it's adorable!!!!

averyclaire.org said...

Love this little patriotic one! Was surprised to learn you never kept one for yourself. Nice to keep something now and then! WTG

Anna van Schurman said...

You definitely have the nicest token-holder in the place!

♥ Nia said...

Great finish!! Nice work sweetie :)

Carol said...

Everyone will be totally jealous of your token holder, Annie--it is just so cute! You are definitely the queen when it comes to Altoid tin finishes :)

Melanie said...

It's so adorable! Great job on it. The ribbon and everything is just perfect.